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Boating & Biking

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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Some of Long Island’s most beautiful spots are not just reachable by boat. There are harbors, parks, and villages that make wonderful places to explore by bicycle.

Though you know a boat & bike trip would be both environmentally friendly and health enhancing, do you dismiss the idea because there’s no room aboard for a bicycle?  Consider buying a foldable bike that fits compactly on your vessel.

Pacific Cycles makes foldable bikes. According to Max Yeh, “Most of our bikes are portable and fold in a second, and all of them outperform ordinary folding bikes.  I recommend IF Reach and IF Reach DC. Both bikes feature the same mechanism, which takes less than three seconds to fold and unfold.”

Bike manufacturer Dahon makes a foldable model called the called the Mariner D7, made specifically to be corrosion resistant.

Opinions vary at bicycle shops across Long Island concerning what brand and model to choose.  Pierce Hodges of Montauk Bike Shops says the Giant Expressway is great for boaters becauseit folds at the top tube and the handlebars, and is very compact.” Tom Barile of Rocky Point Cycle likes the KHS Mocha because it has seven speeds, and is made of aluminum. He says, “It’s very sturdy– it has a rear rack for carrying items, and is good to have on a boat because it folds very quickly and is easy to store.”

Does spending more for a folding bike pay?  Yes, says John Balsaac of Commack Bicycles & Fitness, because “they are easy to fold and store in a bag or at the bottom of a closet. On the open road they might be a little sloppy compared to a normal bike, but to commute and take with you onto your boat they are great.”

Hodges notes that the “lack of extra room” aboard and the limited time in port makes foldable bikes worth the investment. “When you get off the boat, it’s quick to put back together and be on your way!”

Salt and sun can take their toll on items stored aboard, so storing it in the cabin or getting a waterproof bike bag for storage will prolong your bike’s life.

George J. Waldbusser, the “Trail Boss” of www.bikearoundlongisland.com, cautions that “with a folding bike, hilly areas may not be the best places to ride.”  New riders should carefully choose their first boat & bike locations, as some harbor areas are congested or not flat enough. 


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Check out our list of boat & bike combo Day Trippers

George J.Waldbusser, who has been organizing bike rides on Long Island since 1981, has a website with great information for would-be cyclists:  www.bikearoundlongisland.com.  He also recommends that all riders pick up a copy of “Short Bike Rides on Long Island” by Phillip Angelillo (available at Amazon).

He’s put together some exclusive boating Day Trippers that would be fun to combine with bike rides:

Heckscher State Park (in East Islip). Aside from a place to launch a boat, it has a huge picnic area, and enough trails to ride a bike around. http://www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/136/details.aspx

Montauk.  This is probably the best place on the Island to come in by boat and do some biking.  There are some hills in places, but the scenery is worth it, even if you had to walk up a hill.  Everything seems to go at a slow pace, which is refreshing.  Traffic is not a problem, and there are lots of good restaurants and plenty of places to go shopping.

Riverhead.  In addition to Atlantis Marine World, the surrounding area is mostly flat, with lots of farmland and water views.

Jones Beach.  This is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to travel out to the east end.  At the far corner of the parking lot by the Jones Beach Theater is a bike path (a rarity on Long Island) that goes about five miles to Cedar Creek Park.  Outside the park, traffic gets busy.  There are stores all along Merrick Road, but biking out there is risky, especially for the inexperienced.

Sag Harbor.  This place is a tourist’s paradise:  restaurants, shops, and lots of nice scenery to see on a bike.  You could take the short ferry ride across to Shelter Island, too.

Greenport.  This is another town that’s made for tourists, and it’s surrounded by flat ground.  You could wander around the shops and restaurants, and you could bike a few miles out to Orient Point.

By Sam Mines

is a graduate of Buffalo State College and a sports blogger for www.thescooppress.com and http://doublegsports.com. He’s actively seeking a career in sports media and welcomes any opportunity. He also aspires to acquire a huge boat.

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